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The Tenth Circle

25th March 2006

The Tenth Circle : A NovelWhen 14 year old Trixie is raped by a friend at a party, her life is torn apart, and her family is shocked. Both her father, Daniel, and her mother, Laura, come together to care for their daughter and seek justice for the crime commited against her. As is typical with Picoult’s books, she sets up what looks like a cut and dry plot with an obvious bad guy, and then begins to taunt you with facts and alternative points of view that don’t fit the crime as you know it. However, if you are familiar with Picoult’s writing, this won’t surprise you, and neither will the true identity of the culprit.

The one unique feature of this novel is the mini-graphic novel that is inserted throughout. Trixie’s father is a cartoonist, and his “novel” appears throughout the book. The plot of his graphic novel correlates and explains what is happening in the main novel. And at the end, Picoult gives the reader a puzzle to solve based on the cartoons, which seems a bit childish, but of course, I couldn’t resist figuring it out.

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